It’s one of the most complicated — and most talked-about — national selections of the year. And tonight in Barcelona the Operación Triunfo Eurovision Gala finally exploded on our screens. In the end lovebirds Alfred & Amaia walked away with the win — and the ticket to Eurovision 2018 — with their song “Tu canción”.
The couple, whose blossoming relationship has endeared them to the nation, started their performance opposite each other on opposing pianos. But as their harmonies swelled they stood and eventually held hands and caressed, convincing viewers that this wasn’t merely a duet. It was love.
As wiwiblogger Bernardo wrote ahead of the final:
“Few Eurovision acts can claim they have everything working for them. And yes, I’m already calling this a Eurovision act. ‘Tu canción’ has the best melody I’ve heard in this year’s national final season. Amaia is magic. Amaia and Alfred together are magnetic. The song creates a mood for itself and the staging is even going to elevate it further. The power of love in its essence is unbeatable. We shouldn’t give scores, but I’m putting it out there. It’s a 10 out of 10.”
OT 2017: The Superfinal
Following the first nine performances, the public voted and the top three acts advanced to a sing off. They were: Aitana with “Arde”, Almaia with “Tu canción”, and Aitana & Ana Guerra with “Lo Malo”.
Aitana’s performance of Arde saw the singer standing on a set of stairs before an LED wall with her own image. She was sultry and vocally on-point, demonstrating the confidence of a seasoned performer. And rightly so. She transformed a demo into a song that is now well and truly hers — and looked absolutely stunning as she did so. She may not be going to Eurovision, but surely she will contend in the OT final next week.
With “Lo Malo”, Aitana and Ana really turned things up. They oozed the sass and energy the song requires, delivering a song of female empowerment — but also an empowering song for us all. Their costumes had major sex appeal — a barely-there dress for Ana and hip-hugging jeans and a shear top for Aitana — and they had chemistry with both each other and their posse of backing dancers. They wanted to go to Eurovision…and they came pretty darn close.
Almaia finished with 43% of the vote in the super final, followed by Aitana’s “Arde” (31%) and Aitana & Ana’s “Lo Malo” (26%).
Interestingly, the three songs in the superfinal were also the top three in our pre-gala poll on wiwibloggs. You can see those pre-contest results below.
WIWIBLOGGS PRE-GALA POLL RESULTS
- Alfred & Amaia “Tu canción” 42.12% (2,580 votes)
- Aitana & Ana Guerra “Lo malo” 17.75% (1,087 votes)
- Aitana “Arde” 17.03% (1,043 votes)
- Amaia “Al cantar” 5.57% (341 votes)
- Miriam “Lejos de tu piel” 4.98% (305 votes)
- Alfred “Que nos sigan las luces” 4.03% (247 votes)
- Ana Guerra “El remedio” 3.77% (231 votes)
- Agoney & Miriam “Magia” 2.76% (169 votes)
- Aitana, Alfred, Amaia, Ana Guerra & Miriam “Camina” 1.99% (122 votes)
Total Votes: 6,125
What do you make of tonight’s result? And how do you think Spain will do at Eurovision? Would you tweak the staging? Sound off down below…